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Trek to the Lost City

5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 937

MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: The tiny fishing village of Taganga is the ideal base for trips to Tayrona National Park and trekking to the Ciudad Perdida, an ancient city believed to have been built before Machu Picchu.

A trek through the Colombian jungle takes you to a city founded 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu, with scarcely a fraction of the tourists.

Spend 5 days trekking from Santa Marta to Ciudad Perdida. Along the way you’ll explore the beautiful wilderness of the Colombian forest, meet some of the native tribes including the Koguis, descended from the city’s original inhabitants. This mix of exploration and relaxation culminates in a chance to explore Ciudad Perdida in detail before your return to Santa Marta.


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5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 937

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Day 1

Santa Marta to Station 1

Depart by truck along the Panamerican Highway towards the north, then on an unpaved road to the settlement of Mamey. There, the mules will be loaded and the trekking will begin. The first hours will be spent walking up through a zone deforested by colonists to plant typical things like bananas and mandioc. On the way, you will have the opportunity to take a bath in the river El Machete. Arriving at an altitude of 600-metres, continue walking through places shaded by secondary forest, on your way to Station 1. There, hammocks will be hung up with its mosquito nets for the night and you will have the opportunity to take a bath in a nearby river before dinner.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 2

Station 1 to Gabriel's House

After breakfast, start trekking through deep forest where, halfway through, the Indian reservation of the Koguis, descendants of the Tayronas, begins. You will pass through an Indian village and might have the opportunity to see some of the Indians and speak to them, as the village is only used for special meetings and is therefore usually almost empty. Inside the Indian reservation the overnight will be in bed at the house of the only colonist of the area, Gabriel. Before dinner, a magnificent bath can be enjoyed in Rio Buritaca.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 3

Gabriel's House to Rumualdo's House

Today's journey will involve crossing the Rio Buritaca multiple times by swimming or just walking in the river. On the way, you can recognize spots removed by treasure hunters. Arrive at Rumualdo's house where you will spend the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 4

The Lost City and the Return to Gabriel's House

Trek towards the Lost City by climbing the more than 2000 stone stairs built by the Tayronas.

Your morning will be dedicated to visiting the ruins of this spectacular city, discovered in 1976, and built by the Tayrona between 500 and 700 AD. Ciudad Perdida is the most important settlement of Tayrona culture. Located at the shore of Rio Buritaca, its axis is a wide stairway that begins at the river shore and continues on the crest of the mountain, branching to left and right into secondary paths that go towards the many dwelling terraces.

After this visit return to Gabriel's house, crossing the Rio Buritaca another several times and meeting Indians along the way.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 5

Gabriel's House to the Mamey Population to Santa Marta

Your tour ends after you trek to the settlement of Mamey where a truck will be waiting to take you to Santa Marta.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

Other Information




  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 4 nights in tented accommodations
  • All camping equipment with mosquito nets
  • Bilingual guide throoughout hike
  • Tour of the Lost City of Taganga
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 5 lunches, 4 dinners


  • International and domestic flights and airport taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers on days before or after official start /end days
  • Tours listed as optional
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Visa fees if applicable


Prices are "from", per person, based Twin share. Other accommodation options available on request and subject to availability. 

16 Dec 2023
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